Ontario NDP candidate Doly Begum officially launched her election campaign to become the next MPP for Scarborough Southwest, last Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Oakridge Community Centre in Scarborough.
Amongst the hundreds of supporters and community leaders were Toronto city Councillors Janet Davis, Kristyn Wong-Tam, and Neethan Shan, founder of Power Unit Youth Organization, Anita Ko, President of Leadership for Economical Action & Development, Rizuan Rahman, and Community activist Faisal Ahmed.
With a Masters in Development, Administration and Planning, from University College London, Doly has an unflinching commitment to improving the public services we all rely on for our health, education, long term care, and affordable public transit.
“I have a deep rooted love and appreciation for our health care system because 17 years ago, when my father had a major car accident, the Ontario healthcare system saved my father’s life and in turn, it saved my family’s future,” says Doly Begum. “Our public services are integral to our quality of life and under consecutive Conservative and then 15 years of Liberal governments, those services have been starved of resources. It’s time for a change.”
As the former Provincial Coordinator for the Keep Hydro Public coalition, Doly led the fight against the Liberal’s scheme to privatize Hydro One. As Vice-chair of the Warden Woods Community Centre and Co-chair of the Scarborough Health Coalition, Doly has deep roots in Scarborough Southwest and is dedicated to improving the lives of all people living in our community.
Anita Ko praised Doly for her leadership and youth development work in diverse groups. “PUYO includes member who are predominantly East Asian…who organize the Night It Up! Night Market that attracts over 100 thousand people in the Greater Toronto Area. Doly not only assimilated well into the organization, but also became the President of the Organization.” Said Anita Ko.
Doly Begum’s vast list of experience includes working at City Hall on issues of City budget, gender equity, and indigenous rights, amongst other constituency support. “We are building the future here in this Province, and Doly Begum represents that future… she is incredibly passionate, she is a person who knows how to bring people together, knows how to mobilize” said Councillor Janet Davis.
“Let’s help Doly to be our voice. I am proud of Doly. I am proud to be a Bangladeshi Canadian…When we come to this country if you ask me, the reason is safety, security, health, and education and I want make sure the best health, the best education is provided by our Member of Provincial Parliament….[and] I believe Doly is the person to represent us” stated Faisal Ahmed.
“Families are struggling. People are working harder but it’s still not enough. I believe we deserve better and I know we can do better,” says Doly Begum. “After fifteen years of Liberal government, it’s time for a change – and it needs to be a change for the better. That’s why I’m running to be the next MPP for Scarborough Southwest.”